Dawah training course - module 2 and Q&A

Assalamu alaikum brothers and sisters

I posted module 1 in a separate post a few days ago. Here’s module 2 along with the questions and answers at the end of the module, in shaa Allah

-------------MODULE 2: THE G.O.R.A.P APPROACH--------------

Skills introducing Islam with GORAP (1) - Sheikh Abdurraheem Green - YouTube Online Da’wah Training Series. GORAP Method

Read carefully as questions will follow afterwards regarding this writing, in shaa Allah.

The GORAP Method has become very popular amongst dawat, included is the history of this method of giving dawah. This is just one method of giving dawah and everyone is different.

However, it is good to have a systematic approach when giving dawah, and does really help so that you have a very clear idea of the sort of things you need to cover.
The history of this approach is based upon brother and sheikh Abdul’s many years of experience of giving dawah in speakers corner in Hyde Park, a place in London where you can stand up and talk to people about anything you like. When our brother Abdul became Muslim he would go there and talk to people about Islam.

At that time, he would speak about things like:
• stories from the Qu’ran
• stories of the Prophet (s.a.w)
• Paradise
• Hellfire
• Day of Judgement

A lot of the time, people would come and challenge this sheikh and ask him a lot of questions, so he tried to answer their questions, but they could be about a whole range of things (ie. the position of women in Islam, “why don’t Muslims drink alcohol?”, “why don’t you eat pork?” or maybe they would ask about the Islamic punishment). He would try to answer these difficult and uncomfortable questions. Sometimes he knew the answers to them, other times he didn’t and would tell them that he didn’t know and he would have to research it first then come back to them the following week.

Our brother’s basic methodology at that time was to answer these questions people asked him about Islam.
Throughout the years he created some powerful good arguments and sometimes people would become Muslim. Alhamdulillah.

That’s how convinced they seemed to be about the effects of these arguments, however, there were some brothers questioning as whether they should really be going down to Speaker’s Corner. There were women not dressed properly, and so much fitna, so many things going on there and these brothers would ask if it was really appropriate for a Muslim to be going down to these places

Abdul would say to them that our beloved Prophet (s.a.w) would go down to the ka’abah where there were 360 idols, and people would make tawaf naked, maybe not in the presence of the Prophet (s.a.w) but that’s what people generally used to do in those days, so that’s what the general atmosphere was like and that was definitely worser than Speaker’s Corner, but our beloved Prophet (s.a.w) still went to these people to invite them to Islam, because it was a place where people would gather and listen, just like in Speakers Corner, but this sheikh got thinking about why he went to Speaker’s Corner and how he was going about it, so he got a scholar to come down so he could see what he was doing, and for the scholar to tell him what he thought he was doing and was it worthwhile and something he should continue.

This scholar came down, ma’shaa’Allah, and spent the afternoon and observed what our brother Abdul was doing, and, alhamdulillah, at the end of the day, the scholar told our brother that what he was doing was very very good, and that he should do it and stay with it so long as he’s doing success. However, our brother’s method of giving dawah was not really right, which our brother was surprised about, and wanted to know what was wrong with his method of giving dawah, and the scholar explained to him something that was very compound and very inciteful, he explained “look, people come and ask you questions about Islam and you give them answers and then someone else asks you a question and you give them answers”. He said “here’s the problem, you keep being asked these questions and keep giving answers, and eventually it all comes full circle and them very questions people were asking you at the beginning will come back and ask you them again, so it’s almost as if you have an endless amount of questions, and you try to give the answers and maybe they don’t satisfy so they come back and ask you these same questions again”, the scholar continued “what is a more better approach is to cover the basics, the fundamentals of Islam, (for example if God tells you to do something or you’ll go to hell forever, you have a simple choice, either you do the thing God commands or you’ll go to hell)”, the scholar said to our brother "that it’s like that, that you have to understand that the reason why we don’t eat pork or the reason why we don’t drink alcohol, and the reason why we have these things in Islam is fundamentally because Allah decrees all things, the Most Wise, the All Knowing and He has commanded us to do that.

So the most important thing for an individual to understand about Allah is that He exists, He is one, He is unique, that He has revealed guidance to us in the form of The Qu’ran and also that He has sent to us a Messenger, the final Messenger being Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w).

So, if you believe in Allah and believe that The Qu’ran is from Allah and believe that the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is His Messenger sent for our guidance, then what choice does a person have after that except to submit and to surrender to the guidance of Allah, and to follow the example and guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h)." This was the advice the scholar gave our brother Abdul and by this advice he came to develop what he calls GORAP,
G=God how do we know God exists?;
O=Oneness how do we know God is One and unique?; R=Revelation how do we know God has guided us? And, how do we know that The Qu’ran is that revelation; A=Afterlife the reality of life after death. This is important that people understand how serious this matter is, and P=Prophethood how do we know Muhammad (s.a.w) is the Messenger of Allah?

So our brother and sheikh, Abdul, began to use this method - (he didn’t call it GORAP in the beginning) - in his dawah conversations and it in fact became his default way of having a conversation with someone about Islam. After many years of having these conversations, and questioning what was the most effective way of discussing these matters with people, he has now come up with this method he now calls the GORAP method


Now, on to the questions (the answers are at the end; don’t cheat)

Q.1 What does the ‘A’ stand for in ‘GO RAP’?

a) Attributes
b) And
c) Afterlife 
d) none of the above 

Q.2 Why was the method of da’wah used previously by
our brother and sheikh, Abdul, at Hyde Park, not
right?

a) He wasn’t giving gifts to the non-Muslims
b) He wasn’t quoting from The Qu’ran and Sunnah
c) He wasn’t talking about the life of the Prophets
(a.s)
d) He was dealing with a endless circle of questions

Q.3 The fundamental reason why we are not allowed to
eat pork?

a) Pigs are scavengers
b) Because Allah has forbidden it
c) Pig meat contains numerous diseases
d) It is prohibited in other scriptures


Answers based on the writing above. (Don’t cheat!!)

Q.1
c) afterlife

Q.2
d) He was dealing with a endless circle of questions

Q.3
b) Because Allah has forbidden it